Many Americans woke up Wednesday expecting to find a payment of $1,200 or more from the U.S. government in their bank account, but instead they realized nothing had arrived yet — or the wrong amount was deposited. Parents of young children complained they did not receive the promised $500 check for their dependent children.
To thwart fraudsters, the IRS tool locks out people who try multiple times a day. This has become a problem for people trying to give the IRS direct deposit information. Andrea Tasan and her husband were eventually locked out of the Get My Payment site after trying to check the status of their payment.
“We are aware of the problem and are checking into it,” IRS spokesman Eric Smith said.